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Blockchain, Bitcoin & Beyond: Making Cents of Digital Currency

Blockchain, Bitcoin & Beyond: Making Cents of Digital Currency

Blockchain rose to prominence in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis. Built upon a decentralised system of computer protocols and algorithms— known as ‘distributed ledger technology’— blockchain facilitates financial transactions made over the Internet. This technology has been mobilised to advance hundreds of digital currencies, among them: bitcoin, litecoin, and ethereum. For nearly...
Has Brexit Killed the LSE’s Latest Merger Attempt?

Has Brexit Killed the LSE’s Latest Merger Attempt?

Almost a year ago, the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Deutsche Boerse), proposed a merger in order to combine British, German, and Italian exchanges to create a large European market that could compete with the United States. This proposal has been widely criticised for creating a monopoly in certain sectors of...
China’s New Year’s Resolution: Deleveraging

China’s New Year’s Resolution: Deleveraging

As we kick off 2017, constructive, though prudent, economic reform is likely to hold precedent over all other New Year’s resolutions for the world’s second largest economy. Despite China’s efforts to quell the substantial growth of its shadow banking sector in the beginning of 2015, the industry has bloated to take hold of a fifth...
On the Shoulders of Giants: China’s Interest in Belarus

On the Shoulders of Giants: China’s Interest in Belarus

Cement continues to be poured in Great Stone, the name given to the China-Belarus Industrial Park being built just outside of Minsk. The thirty-billion-dollar investment project plans to provide an industrial space for 120,000 jobs in pharmaceuticals, mechanical engineering, and electronics, among other fields. A small set of Chinese state-owned and private companies have already...
In Defence of NAFTA

In Defence of NAFTA

Donald Trump represents a bucking of tradition for the Republican Party in many ways. Perhaps one of the foremost issues on which Trump has led an about-face for the party is trade. As a candidate, Trump capitalised on populist fury toward international trade and channelled that fury into his stunning victories throughout the country— particularly...
Snapchat: From 0 to 100 to 25 Billion

Snapchat: From 0 to 100 to 25 Billion

For a mobile application that launched in 2011, Snapchat is seemingly ubiquitous. With 158 million daily users— 43 per cent of which are based in North America, and 33 per cent of which are based in Europe— sending 2.5 billion snaps everyday, the statistics speak for themselves. Perhaps what is more impressive is that Snap...
In Defence of Free Trade

In Defence of Free Trade

The march towards free trade has been strong and steady since the end of World War II. The removal of tariffs and non-tariff barriers were seen as an increasingly desirable way to encourage countries to cooperate and to develop new economic opportunities. Indeed, the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), comprising West...
A Red Card for FIFA: Human Rights Violations in Qatar

A Red Card for FIFA: Human Rights Violations in Qatar

FIFA’s great scandal started in May 2015, with an appropriately scandalous beginning– a raid on a Swiss luxury hotel and the arrest of several FIFA executives. The arrests were followed by a ban of two years on FIFA’s former president, Sepp Blatter. Official investigations were also launched to assess potential corruption in the 2014 World...
Reinventing the Wheel: Uber Diplomacy

Reinventing the Wheel: Uber Diplomacy

Uber’s premise is simple: “Tap the app, get a ride.” In just a few years, Uber Technologies Inc. went from mobile app to global phenomenon— completely reimagining what urban transportation can achieve in the twenty first century. With humble beginnings, Uber was once known as UberCab— a ride-hailing mobile app launched in 2009 by entrepreneurs...
Waiting on the World Wide Web to Change: Reflections on Power in the Digital Age

Waiting on the World Wide Web to Change: Reflections on Power in the Digital Age

The development of the Internet has been characterized as the defining moment of our generation— but for whom? Despite its name, the web is far from worldwide. Half of the world’s population is ‘offline’ [1]. As of 2014, there were an estimated 4.4 billion people in the world without Internet access, and up to 2.8...